A grassfed steak can have vitamin E as alpha tocopherol comparable to a 100g broccoli. True Vitamin A as Retinol is only available in animal foods (beta-carotene is unconvertable to many people). We don't eat too much meat, we eat too many grains, and raise our blood sugar. The Standard Western Diet gets about 74% of calories from plants in the form of blood sugar raising nutrient poor grains, Rancid Omega-6 polyunsaturated laden vegetable oils, and sugar and HFCS. In fact due to high protein content meat digests slowly in your stomach and helps you feel full. In fact people tend to think meat as bad in a religious way. It is "pleasure" and "everyone knows" pleasure is bad for you. That is a false and evangelical premise. Hell, leafy greens have goitorogens that can lead to thyroid problems, and hypothyroidism is common too. We eat an average of 1.5g of natural pesticides per day, in the form of carcinogenic phytochemicals.
Nutrients only in animal foods include Taurine, Carnitine, Creatine, Coenzyme Q10, Cholesterol (it's a potent antioxidant, not an artery clogger), Vitamin A as Retinol, Conjugated linoleic acid, Essential Fatty Acids as EPA and DHA, choline, Vitamin B12, Vitamin K2, and heme-iron, which are not found in plants. Most of the meat is bad uses observational studies, which can be easily manipulated. (I can post a link to a comedian showing how easy it is to bullshit data.) One meat in fact we should eat more of, are organs. Organs phased out of the american diet because they are high in cholesterol, but they have lower fat and higher protein contents than steaks, as well as supplement high doses of certain nutrients. Liver is a superfood indeed. Oh well, meat has become so associated with hedonism that it is hard to change perspective.
The moral is all food has good and bad and we need balance. As a final food for thought, lying vegans cite Okinawa as an example of living plant based and healthy. MAINLAND Japan is full of plant based diets, but Okinawa is where all the 100-yr olds are and Okinawa is the ISLAND OF PORK. Think about it. We only have an appendix, a vestige of a caecum which was meant in our evolutionary past to break down plant fiber with bacteria and ferment them into fatty acids, now, we can only get non-fiber carbs from plants as energy, and only very few fibers ferment. We aren't herbivores, the reason meat tastes good is because we are meant to consume it. That's why I believe in Paleo, because we can eat pretty much all the good things raw vegans can eat and we can eat everything else on top of that.
No Loni I did not say we were carnivores, I'm only listing the benefits of animal foods as they have plenty. Omnivore is the way to go because no diet in nature is extreme, and we are Omnivores indeed. We metabolize protein faster than herbivores, but slower than carnivores. We can convert carotenes to Vitamin A at a slow rate, slower than herbivores, but more than carnivores, which convert none at all. I'm merely pointing the unnatural ness of veganism.
edited 18th May '11 7:06:04 AM by Princeofstar
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